Week 6: Monday, September 29th - Friday, October 3rd
Week 7: Overview
Weekly Notes and Advice
students have never analyzed the way Portfolio 2 requires, so it
is especially important this week to lay the foundation for analysis.
One of the best ways to lay this foundation is to continually connect
the activities in class to what your students will need to do in
their analyses (what we call "CSOW" or Connection to Students
Own Writing). Also emphasize that what we are looking for
when we analyze are the parts of texts that reflect the
authors' values, beliefs, or purposes.
Connection to Course
to a university library such as Morgan Library is a hugely important
activity. Students in CO150 gain immediate and practical working
knowledge of the essential features of college library research,
becoming knowledgeable of the online card catalog, sharing functions
between libraries (Prospector and Interlibrary Loan), database
searching, browsing of shelves, use of basic reference tools,
and that most essential of skills—the ability and courage to ask
questions of library personnel.
ideas in class fosters a sense of writing community. Students
learn that writers exchange ideas in public spaces and they gain
insight from what others are exploring. They also learn that writers
can share sources in a collaborative environment as a means to
create new texts. This process draws students' attention to other
students and away from the instructor allowing for a more comfortable
atmosphere - and one that is more conducive to peer review and
Generating a discussion
and a subsequent analysis of the forces and influences implicated
in the development of one’s own position on an issue can help
students to see that even their own points of view come from somewhere,
do not exist in a vacuum, and are full of "bias" and context-connection.
Bridging this personal analysis to a subsequent analysis of the
sources they find through their research —prompted by the Position
Analysis Grid--can facilitate their critical (yet fair) analysis
of others’ perspectives.
Goals for this Week
your class to the library for research instruction if you haven’t
done so already.
topics and issues in class—establish a routine way of doing
this for the next several days.
(early in week) and Collect (later the week) Part 2 of Portfolio
2 - the Personal Position Analysis.
their collection of New York Times articles that touch
on issues in the "contact zones" of differing contexts, values,
Revisit and reinforce the idea about conversations in public
discourse. Remind students that they should researchall
sides so that they can become accountable members of the conversation
before Portfolio 3.
students start collecting outside sources (beyond the Times)
with the goal in mind of having a representative sample of perspectives
on their issues and with a set of evaluation criteria in mind
that will help them make good choices. Try to enable students
to have about 6 six sources by the middle of next week.
Required Reading and
Assign the following to students this week:
Read pages 573-590
in the PHG about collecting and evaluating sources as well
as pages 564-567 on keeping a research notebook and the introduction
to MLA and APA guidelines on pages 568-569.
Read the sample Personal Position Analysis posted in the Writing
Complete your Personal Position Analysis.
Read and discuss NYT articles that suggest dominant and conflicting
values and beliefs in the culture.
Collect sources for your Annotated Bibliography.
in the Research and Writing Process guide is helpful for students
in that it breaks down one version of the writing process into
linked steps. This could be adapted into your lesson plans
this week or offered to students as a resource during their research.
Writing Studio's Writing
Annotated Bibliographies guide is a must-see for students
in that it explains the purpose and components of an annotated
bibliography. It also contains guidelines for evaluating and summarizing
sources. You can create lesson plans from the information
provided here or assign it as reading prior to a discussion in